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Olympus Tough TG-320

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix FT20

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 101x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
142 g
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Tough TG-320

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-320

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the TG-320's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Lowest price Cheaper $162.27 vs $248.41
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The best price we've seen is $86 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic FT20

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 260 shots vs 150 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Size Smaller 101x58x19 mm vs 96x63x23 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 142 g vs 155 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Waterproof Waterproof Help
              Great at the beach
              Thickness Thin Help
              TG-320:0.9"
              FT20:0.7"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              TG-320:0.6 fps
              FT20:1.3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              TG-320:3.6x
              FT20:4x
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              TG-320:f/3.5
              FT20:f/3.9

              Compared to recent waterproof cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              TG-320:96x63x23 mm
              FT20:101x58x19 mm
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Weight Light weight Help
              TG-320:155 g
              FT20:142 g
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen type No OLED screens Help
              LCD
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Panasonic Lumix FT25

              Waterproof

              $179

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Fujifilm FinePix XP50

              Waterproof

              $199

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $107 - $188

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Olympus TG-630 iHS

              Waterproof

              $149

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Fujifilm FinePix XP70

              Waterproof

              $168 - $219

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Nikon Coolpix AW110

              Waterproof

              $217 - $380

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Nikon Coolpix S31

              Waterproof

              $176

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Olympus TG-320 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus TG-620

              Olympus TG-620

              Waterproof

              $184

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus mju Tough 6020

              Olympus mju Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus TG-310

              Olympus TG310

              Waterproof

              $248

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Macro focus Slightly better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $229

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Olympus VR-350

              Olympus VR-350

              Travel zoom

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Waterproof Not waterproof

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Panasonic Lumix FT5

              Waterproof

              $543

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4

              Panasonic Lumix FT4

              Waterproof

              $268

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $298

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $169 - $175

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

              Waterproof

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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              Olympus TG-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
              Olympus TG-320 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

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